Sunday Rant – 3019

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Joe’s Comment: Stephan Pastis makes me giggle.  I watch a lot of psychological tutorials and analysis.  The brain in the kitchen theory seems the Occam’s Razor of analysis – simple, functional, logical, understandable.  Trying to run new brake lines in my ’62 Tbird this week resulted in sneaking a lot of Fritos.

 

Canada’s Political Future
Mr. Kevin O’Leary gives absolute concrete evidence of the incompetence demonstrated by the current Liberal cabinet.  You know, the cabinet doing their best to ruin this beautiful country called Canada.
Specifically, he is critical of Chief Rainbow Socks and his band of merry (gay?) misfits.
In a short span of 11 minutes (and change) he manages to get his thoughts across despite the (willful / unconscious) obtuseness displayed by Daniela Cambone of KITCO News.  (Joe says she’s interesting to look at, but a bit dull to listen to).
This is not news, although Daniela seems surprised to hear.
Trudeau and his Politically Correct crew were (once again, again) out-smarted, out-played, out-finessed, and out-done by the team south of our border.
What fries Joe’s Petunias is the Chief Rainbow Socks Coalition show no shame, no remorse, no comprehension that they were bamboozled, used, then disguarded.  A “10” on the Rodney Dangerfield scale (no respect).
I say the Liberal cabinet is an exercise in cluster-fuckery.
As Joe has said (many times) before, you don’t send a Pee-Wee rep. team to play against the mighty Boston Bruins for all the payola, the moola, the “dead presidents”.  Not if you want to win.
The old adage is the accurate adage: fight fire with fire.
Or, if you prefer, the ex-Pres, the munificent mulato, old Jug Ears once said “don’t bring a knife to a gun fight”.  He’d certainly know as a frequent patron of the Chicago “bath house” community.  That there is a smoking penis pistol…..
Canada certainly has people with intellectual horsepower, bountiful skills, relevant wisdom, and worldly experience.
We say you’ll be hard pressed to find all those characteristics in any of the people occupying cabinet positions now (dis)serving the Canadian public.
Joe says if you know Social Styles at all, or the Big Five personality traits, you absolutely don’t pit an Amiable against a Driver (Social Styles) if competition or risk taking is mandatory.  Ain’t their forte, their expertise, their comfort zone.
This video should be viewed by all eligible voters in Canada, especially the voters that intend to vote:

A less than worshipping sychophantery regarding Chief Rainbow Socks is not an uncommon stance in today’s electorate; Trudeau is polling poorly.
This outcome was forseen by Jordan Peterson some years ago
Mr. Peterson predicted less than stellar results from a cabinet assembled based on gender, not merit.
He also commented (negatively) about a person without chops, without merit, without credibility using his pedigree to advance his personal agenda.
Joe says that in Hollywood the underdog always prevails; in real life not so much (thanks to Yogi Berra for the form):

 

America’s Political Future
Joe and I have been recovering from a “cognitive dissonance” event that occurred November 8th, 2016, the American Presidential election.  As we have stated many many times, our interest in the Republican candidates was focused on Carly Fiorina, with Ted Cruz as a possible second.  When Donald J. Trump mowed them all down, we had a mental Gordian Knot to unravel.
Unravel Was Us all the way to the election night.
We were by then Trump hopefuls, for the spectre of a Clinton presidency was frighteningly imminent.  Joe and I dismissed Hillary Rodham Clinton as a viable candidate years before at the time of her shameful involvement in the Benghazi fiasco.  She is an immoral harridan from Hell (or a reasonable facsimile).
Our inherent smug sense of superiority and our experience and knowledge of “average Joe / Josephene” led us to expect dread the worst.
When Donald J. Trump prevailed, we were surprised, relieved, happy, but presented with a second Gordian Knot.
How he do dat?
The following video is an extended introduction presented before the Turning Point USA rally on the 23rd of July, 2019.
This brilliant introduction stitches the story of D.J. Trump’s victory into a coherent logical sequential video montage that unravels the knotty knots of knottery.
For any Trump haters/despisers/abhorers/”never Trumpers” do yourself a good.  Take the time to watch this without prejudice.
This man (and his machine) are a rejuvenating gust of fresh air into a dark and gloomy denizen of murderous and thieving self promoters who inevitably become the lap-dogs of special interests:

 

Mueller Testimony
Joe and I watched enough to become thoroughly uneasy about the sanity of the Congressional Hearing process.
Political grandstanding, refusing to acknowledge facts, Mueller mewling, Democrats backed into a corner.
Joe is developing a blood lust that won’t be appeased until all these jackdogs are in prison.
As far as analysis, the good old Hitler in the bunker meme gathers all the wool and knits a sock and a glove.
Watch it here.

 

Perpetually Triggered
Joe and I swore some time ago (well, we swear every day….. a topic for another time, another rant) that certain words would not be used by us.
Not because we think certain noises you can make with your voice box will end the world as we know it, but because recognizing certain words lends legitimacy to a bunch of lunatics pushing a greasy, sleazy, filthy political agenda.
An example for clarification.
In our lexicon, the word “kunt” (special spelling to avoid PC criticism) is much less offensive than “triggered”.
So, sue us already.
As Joe would put it to you, Jimmy Crack Corn (I don’t care).
But using a word like “triggered” really browns our biscuits.
However, we deign to speak (print) the word here, because there are a few lights in the darkness that thoroughly humiliate the concept of triggering by showing how absolutely ridiculous such a biggoted, narcistic, and biased perspective cannot bear scrutiny:

Another, previously posted Colin Quinn comment (re: PC culture) that exposes the same hypocrisy fomented by “political correctness”.
Quote from the video: “Ho, whoa!  Why does this guy have to be Mexican in your true story?  I don’t understand…..“.
In the presence of free speech, idiocy withers and dies; truth will prevail:

Note from Joe – Take the time to watch the entire “Unconstitutional” performance by Colin Quinn (link below).  It will cost you $$$.  Tough titty.  It is also on YoubeTube as small time slices, which is annoying to watch but free.
A brilliant comedic pundit and philosopher:

 

Intellectual Froglegs
Joe Dan Gorman just gets better and better and better:

 

Pay Inequality?
Prager U is being discriminated against by YoubeTube.
Not surprising.  More on that below.
This short sweet Prager U video addresses the “gender wage gap” myth.
Joe and I defer to Christina Hoff Sommers to do some ‘splainin’:

 

Prager U / Dennis Prager
Last week the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution held another hearing (part of an infinite series), this particular hearing on the subject of Big Tech censorship.
The founder of Prager U, Dennis Prager, made an impassioned rational and compelling presentation:

 

Professionalism
Joe and I had a job, because we needed to work for a living.
Joe explains it this way: we were born beautiful, not rich.
We worked at our job daily, through the weeks and months and years.
Over that time, the requirement for $$$ (money, lucre, cash, dinero, jingle, bucks – you get the idea) changed based on many variables.
One reality remained constant through it all – we came to understand the dollars were a maintenance item for us.
Meaning once we had the bills paid and our living expenses covered, more Benjamins didn’t turn up our amp; the reward for work became something else.
Gradually we understood.
We were standing in an arena with few others.
Our skills were recognized and rewarded as distinctly personal and valuable.
We were, in our modest work life, becoming recognized as competent.
That is when we realized that a career is not the same as a job.
As we were promoted, we became selective in who to work with, who to pick for team projects, who to promote, who to re-allocate, who to consider an equal or partner.  The assignments became more complex, more challenging, more difficult to achieve: hugely more rewarding when successfully completed.
In our time, for a while, we became a person who could be considered a “professional” in our (very specific and unique) field.  The meaning at the link closest to our intended definition is: (of a piece of work or anything performed) produced with competence or skill.
Stevie Ray Vaughn and his team show what professionals can accomplish in real time and make it look so natural, so easy, that you don’t notice until it is brought to your attention.
As a contrast, one of the commentors, Redlink, stated (suggesting that Axl Rose would react differently to a similar malfunction) “
Axl would cancel the tour”.
Joe and I get tuckered out seeing SRV play; so much energy and passion and skill and kinetic frenzy wears out an old man just by watching!
This video demonstrates extreme professionalism in real time.
Mr. Vaughn breaks a string.
His team responds:  his guitar tech Rene Martinez provides a replacement guitar in a coordinated switch that is flawless, working with SRV in a synchronized exchange that (to our untrained ear) did not miss a beat; his sound board technician (unnamed) also muted his guitar to avoid damage to the amp stacks and to muffle the sound of jacking out the first guitar and jacking in the second.
That’s how a professional team gets things done:

Another example from B.B. King who re-strings Lucille during a vocal interlude:

 

Joe’s Garage
Nuclear Fusion
Lockheed Martin has an update on their research to develop a compact fusion power generator.
The problem is containing and controlling the reaction.
The presenter seems optimistic the technology will be viable before he reaches retirement.
Joe and I might just stay alive long enough to see that:

Lockheed “Skunk Works”
Many wonderful paradigm shifting applied technology achievements come from small teams brilliantly led.  As George S. Patton said, “Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.
Mr. C. Kelly was such a leader, the founder of the original Lockheed Skunk Works.
A brief historical overview (with a few misstatements and errors) well presented and well researched:

 

Global GPS (A U.S. Military Gift)
Joe and I were aware that the United States invented, developed, and built the first GPS system for the exclusive use of the American Armed Forces.
We were not aware of the number of satelites, the mirror systems by other countries, and why the U.S. opened usage up to the general public – of the entire world!  An interesting overview from the good folks at Real Engineering:

LeMans (1956)
Joe and I marvel that some events, especially in the motor racing world, have endured.
One of the most famous, most widely known, is LeMans.
Joe and I also are Jaguar fanboys.  One of the most interesting cars we owned “back in the day” (doG! what a vapid expression….) was a 1959 Jaguar Mk. I saloon (sedan) with 3.4L double overhead cam 6 cylinder in-line engine.
Here’s a photo of a Jaguar 3.4 Litre, as the company called it –
We have no photos of our own, which was black, rusty, and fast for it’s day.
Joe and I identify this car (perhaps erroneously – a search brought no info – our incorrect memory will suffice) with Inspector Jules Maigret in that black and white world of European television drama, also back in the day (see how hokey that sounds?).  All about Maigret the television series here.  Joe and I remember an instance in one episode where Inspector Maigret was being berated by his superiors for driving a Jaguar instead of a French made vehicle (Maigret was a commissioner of the Paris Brigade Criminelle).  He insisted that the Jag was faster and more capable.  It didn’t dawn on Joe or me that they spoke English and the production was British.  Just a jab in the ribs from the Limeys to the Frogs?
The Jaguar had features which didn’t appear on this side of the Atlantic for years: ceramic coated factory cast iron headers, dual side draft SU carburetors, four on the floor transmission with overdrive (which Joe and I “adjusted” so we had overdrive in every gear including reverse), leather bucket seats, four wheel disc brakes.  To top it off, a healthy dollop of rust all round.  We loved that car.  Sold it to a romantic drunkard (name not remembered) who wasn’t as skillful as he imagined: the car was written off in a spectacular crash in Lethbridge.  The drunk survived.  The car was last mentioned as being upside down kissing a tree.
Back to the point of this LeMans race mention.
Here is video of Mike Hawthorne driving the Jaguar factory race car around LeMans way back (a little bit better than “back in the day”) in the year 1956:

Mr. Hawthorne was killed while driving a Jaguar 3.4 Litre on public roads, not while racing.  Such irony.  Proof positive that if there is a doG, it must be as sung by Tom Waits; “there ain’t no Devil, there’s just doG when he’s drunk”:

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Joe’s Comment – This is a profound statement.  I will not give personal examples on the subject of poor choice other than to say me too.  In defence, the magnitude of the poorness factor wasn’t always evident until the choice was made and set into action.
Kinda too late after that…… except for remorse.

 

IQ and Income
Pumpkin Person has posted an opinion bolstered with facts and data that claims a strong correlation between IQ and income.
To Joe and I, this is a known “elephant in the room” whenever inequality or “fairness” is brought up re: outcome.
More often than not the “culprit” is identified as the capitalist system, free trade, with a large dolop of “patriarchal hierarchy” for good measure.
Joe and I are in perfect accord with Mr. Pumpkin Person on this subject.
His article titled “The Incredible Correlation Between IQ & Income” is well presented and supported with data, facts, and common sense.
Of course, this doesn’t mean a high IQ automatically profers wealth, nor does a low IQ infer poverty.
That would be too easy……
However, a correlation of 0.48 is suggested by Pumpkin Person, which is incredibly high.
A graph from the article –

The introductory paragraph makes it clear what Pumpkin Person believes to be the situation –
In this post, I summarize all that I have learned about the actual test scores of different income levels.  In particular, I compare actual psychometric data of seven U.S. economic classes: (1) the homeless, (2) welfare recipients, (3) median Americans, (4) self-made millionaires (5) self-made decamillionaires, (6) self-made billionaires, and (7) self-made decabillionaires, and largely confirm my repeated assertion that average IQ increases by 8-10 points for every ten-fold increase in income, though there may be a few major exceptions to this overall trend.  Also, by analyzing the slope of the standardized regression line predicting IQ from income, I find evidence that the true correlation between IQ and income (at least in America) is much higher than the 0.23  reported in a 2006 meta-analysis and even higher than the 0.4 correlation asserted by Arthur Jensen, and may even approach 0.5.
I also find tentative but shocking evidence that the IQ gap between the richest and poorest Americans may exceed an astonishing 70 points!
Joe and I believe that IQ differences are an incredibly suggestive marker for determining success in life.
Of course, if you calculate Joe and my wealth backward to IQ, it is amazing we ain’t living under a bridge.
We is an anomoly!

 

Fantastic Flag Ceremony
This video is a proof that history can be remembered correctly, supported by memoriabilia, not bent or degraded or perverted to support petty political partisanship.
The first American Flag to land on the beach at Normany on D-Day is returned to the United States, ragged, bloody, bullet hole ridden, to be displayed at the Smithsonian.

 

Dangerous People, Dangerous Times
Joe and I generally do NOT wish ill t’ward anyone.
For example, you can’t really abhore very low IQ people (who for the most part were born that way) even when they cause mayhem, willingly or not.  Consequently, when low IQ people behave abysmally, the best you can do is remedy the damage and attempt to correct their behavior.
However, when people who have average or above average intelligence do harm, act in a malicious manner, physically or otherwise inflict pain and suffering on others, well, that pushes our button(s).
Here is the story of a woman who speaks her mind.
She spoke of her concerns regarding a political issue, that of the “Me Too” movement.
Her act of speech, her questioning of a movement’s foundation, is considered worthy of retribution, of punishment, by some.  Those few then foster rancor via the Internet.
A mob is born.
Joe and I DO WISH ILL ON THE MOB.
This lady, Nancy Rommelmann, is a brave woman:

 

Group Bias (Identity Politics)
Joe and I ramble / bumble / stumble arount the Internet a lot.
One of the fascinations of using a “search engine” (we have foresaken Google for DuckDuckGo) is the algorithym makes kinky weird associations in its little broken mind that take you to unexpected places.
We found a most interesting article on the website Wilder Wealthy Wise that attempts to chart the radicalisation of the left-leaning citizens walking amongst we normals.
The article is “Making Leftists Radical: Compassion, Internet Cats, and Feminists, With No Sense of Humor“.

 

Paul Joseph Watson
Joe and I appreciate the caustic wit and keen observations of PJW.
This video is a critique of current social trends.
madworld indeed:

 

Joe’s Garage

Madman We Love
Jan Baker is a madman, no doubt.
What other kind of man would saw up two Ford Windsor V8’s, saw up three Cleveland V8 cylinder heads, do some creative welding and machining, and reveal for all to see (thanks Ms. E. Thrasher!) the one and only Ford V12 pushrod OHV engine.
It makes great horsepower and torque, all the way to 8,000 rpm!  The exhaust sound is exotic: 12 odd-fire voices combine to create a staccato growl that rises to a distinctive banshee shriek as the rpms mount.
Please don’t take our adjectives and adverbs for it; watch for yourself.
Go here for an article describing the build (from 2015).
The dyno pull is the video below:

Our adjectives and adverbs were close, da?
Joe and I are admitted novices.
Although we have been wrenching and building cars, trucks, and motorcycles for decades, over 50 years, we acknowledge our amateur status.
Hell, we can’t even weld cast iron worth beans, let alone design a two distributor drive system.
Our enthusiasm hasn’t wained, but our admiration for people, mostly men, ( admit it ladies!) who can imagine, design, and build a machine just because they dream it continues to grow.
In fact, the more we wrench, the more we appreciate ability orders of magnitude above ours.
Modest soft spoken men like Jan Baker are giants in the fabrication world.

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Joe’s Comment – Is there, of necessity, a paradox when pursuing pure scientific research,  when following the trail of data and experiment to a meaningful, useful conclusion?
Or, less scientifically, experiments in the cultural and social arena?
I feel I’ve been in similar predicaments more than once in my short 70 year life.
Sometimes we’ve been on the receiving end as the guinea pig, the dirt person, the unconscious actor.
We will receive!
Sometimes on the experimenting end, the objective (snort!) researcher pursuing truth, the activator.
We will kick off!
One truth is the lab rat comes up short for choices, for liberty.
Is the paradox thus: if you’re not the rat, you’re the scientist.
doG help us all…..

 

Guinness Goodness
Joe says this is the other kind of Guiness, about limits and records.
This video is about a Texas longhorn steer named Poncho Via, who has a horn tip-to-tip measure over 10 feet:

 

John Chapman – Double Medal of Honor Recipient
There are not many people who have received the Medal of Honor.
Orders of magnitude fewer who have received two.
Even fewer, men who have received two in less than 24 hours.
To make it even more unique, more special, this is the only video recorded proof of anyone ever earning the Medal of Honor:

 

Ahead of Their Time
Joe and I were stumbling around the Internet and found this little treasure from Monty Python’s movie The Life of Brian:

What a lark.  As one of the commenters states, “This used to be funny before it became the Democrat platform”.

 

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